Uganda Bombing Update: New Video Shows Aftermath of Blast
The Death Toll Has Risen to 74 After Two Simultaneous Bombs Ripped Through Kampala on Sunday While Residents Were Watching the World Cup Final
The White House has condemned the bombings in Uganda saying that they will provide any assistance to the Ugandan government that is requested of them.
On Sunday two bombs went off, one at a rugby club and one at an Ethiopian restaurant when residents and visitors were gathered to watch the World Cup final. One American, Nate Henn, was killed in the blast and at least three other Americans have been confirmed to have been wounded.
Al-Shabab Claims Responsibility For the Attack
Previously al-Shabab only praised the attacks in Uganda, but they have now claimed responsibility for the twin bombings. This is the first time that the Somalia based terrorist group with known ties to Al-Qaeda has attacked targets outside of Somalia. About 5,000 troops from Uganda and Brundi are currently stationed in Mogadishu Somalia to help protect the fragile government.
This group has stated that they see Uganda as their enemy:
"We will carry out attacks against our enemy wherever they are," said Sheik Ali Mohamud Rage, a militant spokesman in Mogadishu. "No one will deter us from performing our Islamic duty."
The Ethiopian restaurant is thought to have been targeted because Ethiopia is also a country that is hated by the al-Shabab group.
In the video report from NTV Kenya uploaded below shows, the bombings were terrifying and devastating, leaving many dead and survivors so shocked they were not even sure what had just happened. People were still being rescued and treated well in to the night.
Rescue workers were starting to carry out the dead and contact family members.
Uganda's Daily Monitor has published this first-hand report from a survivor of the bombings.